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    Arizona’s largest city has officially hired a new interim police chief after the Phoenix City Council approved his contract. “I want to thank City Manager Jeff Barton for this opportunity to work with the women and men of the Phoenix Police Department [PPD] and the communities which make up the fabric of Phoenix,” said Interim Chief Michael Sullivan in a statement. “I also want to thank Mayor Gallego and the City Council for approving my employment agreement. This is an important time for the City and the Phoenix Police Department.” Sullivan, who brings 27 years of experience to PPD, spent the last three years as deputy commissioner for the Baltimore Police Department. He will begin in his new role on September 12. In the days leading up to his official start, Sullivan will participate in “meetings with key stakeholders, advisory boards and community groups, members of the department, labor leaders, and the media.” According to the contract details, Sullivan will earn $232,000 per year. “In the coming weeks, I look forward to spending a lot of time observing and listening....
    LATHROP (CBS13) – It’s been a long time coming. “In fact, about 33 years you might say,” said Bennie Gatto, the city’s former mayor. READ MORE: Multiple Crews Respond To Fire In American River ParkwayLathrop’s finest are finally here. For years, the city relied on the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Department for law enforcement. That changed at noon Wednesday. During the hand-off, Chief Raymond Bechler thanked deputies for their commitment and dedicated service over a radio. “We will take it from here,” he finished. All of the department’s 35 sworn officers are lateral hires with at least two years of experience. Before day one, the department already knew the community’s expectations based on a survey. READ MORE: 'It Is Infuriating': Personal Info On California Gun Owners Wrongly Made Public“Police accountability, community engagement and transparency,” said Chief Bechler. “Those three things are the focus of our training.” Meanwhile, residents say they are ready to create a rapport with the men and women in blue. “I like it,” said Revi Indukura who just moved to the area. “They’re brand new and security...
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — The Capitol City has a new top cop. Deputy Chief Jeremy Ellison will serve as St. Paul’s interim police chief until a permanent replacement is picked. He spoke with WCCO’s Reg Chapman about his plans, and why he’s not ready to take the full-time job just yet. READ MORE: Video Shows Minnesota Teacher Throwing Hockey Stick At 8-Year-Old Student“This is like the front porch of St. Paul. It’s a place where you can come on down here grab a park bench and have a conversation,” said Jeremy Ellison. Ellison wanted to do just that in Mears Park, a section of downtown he served as commander for years. Now not just the front porch of St. Paul, but the entire city, is his to serve and protect. “It’s important for me especially as I continue to move up the ranks in the police department to understand what is actually happening on the streets in our city and to make sure that I am being responsive to our community,” Ellison said. Jeremy Ellison (credit: CBS)...
    Never let it be said that America refuses to do anything about the continued brutal murders of our nation's children by weapons designed for warfare. The first real consequence, aside from the lifelong physical and mental trauma inflicted on the survivors, the families of victims, and the entire town of Uvalde, Texas, has made itself known: Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District Chief of Police Peter Arredondo's swearing-in ceremony for his newly won position on the City Council was to take place on Tuesday, but will be temporarily postponed due to the town's need to focus on nearly two dozen memorial ceremonies, continued law enforcement investigations, press events, and other duties thrust upon it after 19 elementary school children and two teachers were murdered by a disgruntled teenager with two newly purchased AR-15s. Arredondo will still take his seat on the council, mind you. He was elected to a City Council seat earlier in the month, having swamped his opposition by gaining 126 total votes. For any grade-schoolers studying fractions on our site today, that is roughly six votes per murdered...
    BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. (WCCO) – Brooklyn Center officials have named Kellace McDaniel as their new chief of police. McDaniel, a 25-year law enforcement veteran, comes from the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office Court Services Division, where he supervised 57 deputies. He’s worked in homeland security, the violent offender task force, and community engagement units within the sheriff’s office, among other divisions. The announcement ends a six month national search. The department has been without a chief since April of 2021, when Tim Gannon resigned after former officer Kim Potter shot and killed Daunte Wright during a traffic stop. RELATED: 1 Year After Fatal Police Shooting, Daunte Wright’s Legacy Celebrated At ‘Angelversary’ At his meet and greet, McDaniel emphasized community healing, saying that “part of coming to this community, being a community engagement team advocate, is getting community policing and the community back together.” “It’s part of the healing process and we are all trying to heal,” he said. “It has been a tough three years for everyone.” His first day will be on Monday, June 27. Since Wright was shot and killed, his...
    LINCOLN (CBS13) — A new California law requires law enforcement and state agencies to get permission from their governing bodies to purchase and use “military equipment.” That’s a broad category, according to one local police chief who said the approval process could get them into trouble in the line of duty. READ MORE: Overturned Big Rig Blocks All WB I-80 Lanes In Natomas“My priority is to save lives,” said Lincoln Police Chief Matt Alves, who oversees 30 police officers and a small arsenal of cop cars and equipment. Lincoln police rely heavily on their less-than-lethal weapons but a new law, AB 481, now requires departments to get “military equipment” approved before it’s allowed to be used. “The breadth of the type of items that are included under military equipment is a bit excessive,” Chief Alves said. But what doesn’t fall under military equipment? Handguns. So what if the city council decides not to approve the less-than-lethal equipment now considered military grade? “If we have a council that does not want us to have this, we have very limited options to...
    A veteran public servant in Westchester has been tabbed to take over as the police commissioner in “New York’s third-largest city,” as the mayor likes to say. Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano announced that Yonkers Police Deputy Chief Chris Sapienza has been chosen as the city’s new police commissioner, replacing outgoing Commissioner John Mueller, who retired earlier in the week of Monday, May 2. Sapienza will serve as acting commissioner until the Yonkers City Council can confirm his appointment. Spano touted Sapienza’s temperament and “keen ability to cultivate relationships with the community and our officers to ensure they can all be the best versions of themselves.” “Chris has been a shining star in the Department for years, and epitomizes the meaning of true leadership, demonstrating his in-depth knowledge, training, and dedication to the men and women of our police force,” Spano stated. “We look forward to advancing the progress we have made thus far to foster stronger community relationships and continuing to keep our residents safe.” Sapienza's career in service began in 1987 when he enlisted in the...
    Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images “That’s not the guy,” a source told Rocco Parascandola when showed a photo of a young man rumored to be the shooter who opened fire in a Brooklyn subway car this week, leaving at least 30 people injured. The case of mistaken identity was just one piece of misinformation flying around newsrooms and police departments during the frantic 29-hour search for Frank James, who was eventually found on an East Village block and arrested without incident. The 62-year-old has since been charged with carrying out a terrorist attack on a mass transit system. Parascandola, my guest on The Interview podcast this week, is the police bureau chief for the New York Daily News. He has been covering the city for decades, first for the New York Post, and now for its rival. Since 2009 he’s served as police bureau chief, covering crime and criminal justice from the shack inside NYPD headquarters downtown. I used to work under Parascandola when I was starting out as a night reporter covering crime in the city for the Daily...
    HIALEAH (CBSMiami) – The City of Hialeah has a new top cop. Acting Chief George Fuente was named Police Chief of the county’s second most populous city on Monday morning. Fuente, husband of former Hialeah City Council member Katharine Cue-Fuente, has been interim chief since November. READ MORE: 82-Year-Old Man Identified As Suspect Killed In Margate Police Involved Shooting New Hialeah Police Chief George Fuente (CBS4) Fuente has been an officer at the Hialeah Police Department for 25 years and says he’s eager and excited to take on the role of police chief. “I want an agency that is professional, transparent, accountable. Accountable from me on down,” said Fuente. “We want an agency that engages with our community on a daily basis. I want our officers out there in the parks, in the neighborhoods, interacting with our children, with our elderly.” Fuente has been an officer since he was 19 years old and says his experience will help guide him in this role. READ MORE: Magic City Casino Trying To Save Jai Alai From Extinction New Hialeah Police...
    Martinez Police Chief Manjit Sappal announced Thursday that he will be stepping down as the city’s lead law enforcement official on Friday. “It has been one of the greatest honors of my career to serve the Martinez community as their Chief of Police,” Sappal said in a statement. “I will always cherish the memories of working with men and women that go above and beyond to keep our community safe. Even in times of adversity, our folks have worked hard to build meaningful relationships with community members and demonstrate an unwavering commitment to public safety every day.” Sappal’s retirement announcement signaled the end to a 26-year-law enforcement career. He started his career with the Pittsburg Police Department and spent 18 years in Richmond, where he rose to captain. Under Sappal’s leadership, the city of Martinez partnered with Contra Costa County to assess Martinez’s homeless population and develop strategies specific to each person’s individual situation. Sappal assigned officers to work with those members of the community. The city was the only one in Contra Costa County to take such an approach....
    Miami’s City Manager Art Noriega appointed the city’s Interim Police Chief into the role permanently, ending a months-long process to find a new head of the Miami Police Department (MPD). “After further evaluating Chief [Manuel] Morales’ performance during the first 100 days, I am extremely confident that he is eminently qualified, respected and admired by many and will continue to do a great job as Chief for the Police Department. Furthermore, this decision will ensure stability at the leadership level of the City’s Police department, ” Noriega said in a release Monday. Morales has been a member of the department since 1994 – a 28-year tenure. He was previously the police commander and major overseeing four of the different MPD service areas in the city. He is Miami’s fifth police chief in the past decade, and he replaced former Police Chief Art Acevedo, who was fired after questionable decisions and comments five months ago. Acevedo, who was Houston’s police head before he came to Miami, referred to the leaders of MPD as the “Cuban Mafia” at least twice. He has...
    COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (CBS4) – The union representing Commerce City police officers is asking that Police Chief Clint Nichols be placed on administrative leave amid unsubstantiated allegations that Nichols was racially profiled during a traffic stop in Utah. There has been no documented corroboration of a traffic stop in Utah in which Nichols was racially profiled. Police Chief Clint Nichols (credit: CBS) The Fraternal Order of Police’s Lodge 19, which represents Commerce City officers, has released a statement calling the controversy “extremely troubling.” “There appear to be clear and unmistakable discrepancies between Chief Nichols’ account… of the incident,” wrote the FOP. The organization suggested an administrative leave was appropriate “in cases of potential untruthfulness.” The dustup began last November when Commerce City City Manager Roger Tinklenberg acknowledged Nichols had used his city-issued SUV to commute between Commerce City and Las Vegas. Tinklenberg said on one of those trips, Nichols told him he had received a speeding ticket. Tinklenberg said in an email Nichols told him the only reason he was cited was because he “refused to let them search the...
    COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (CBS4) – Dashcam video from a Utah Highway Patrol car of a speeding stop of Commerce City Police Chief Clint Nichols in 2020 is raising questions about Nichols’ account of what exactly happened. Commerce City Mayor Ben Huseman, who viewed the six minute video obtained by CBS4, said the tape “shows there are a lot of concerns.” During the pandemic, City Manager Roger Tinklenberg said he approved of Nichols working remotely from Las Vegas, Nevada where Nichols’ family still lives. Additionally, Nichols was allowed to drive his city-owned Tahoe SUV between Commerce City and Las Vegas, which is about a 1,600 mile roundtrip. (credit: CBS) In an email last November to members of the Commerce City Police Department, Tinklenberg acknowledged rumors that Nichols received a speeding ticket during one of those trips. “It was for 2.5 miles (per hour) over the speed limit!,” exclaimed the city manager. “The reason he got the ticket? He refused to let them search the vehicle, which any citizen has the right to do, and, in his case, would have been a...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Chief Kathy Lester was sworn in Friday as the 46th Chief of Police for the Sacramento Police Department. Today, in a small ceremony in City Council Chambers, our very own Chief Kathy Lester was sworn in as the 46th Chief of Police for the Sacramento Police Department. A larger celebration of Chief Lester is being planned for a later date. Congratulations! #sacpd #Sacramento pic.twitter.com/ruRTfXAC7I — Sacramento Police (@SacPolice) December 31, 2021   READ MORE: Power Comes Back On Slowly in Parts of Placer County Impacting SeniorsA 27-year veteran of the Sacramento Police Department, Lester will be the first woman to hold the position. “I am thrilled that Kathy has accepted this opportunity to continue to serve her community in this new capacity,” said City Manager Howard Chan. “During her time with the Sacramento Police Department, she has proven herself to be a dynamic leader with an unwavering commitment to diversity, equity, accountability, and innovation. There is no one better to serve in this role and to continue the ongoing efforts of the department and...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- Rodney Harrison, a scrappy undercover officer who rose through the NYPD's ranks from cadet to Chief of Department, has reportedly lined up his next job after announcing his retirement from the department last month.Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone will announce Harrison is his choice to be the Suffolk County Police Commissioner at a news conference on Tuesday.Harrison, 52, is a 30-year-veteran of the New York City Police Department whose career began in June of 1991.Born and raised in New York City, he grew up in Rochdale Village in Jamaica, Queens, where, at the urging of his father, he came to view a career in law enforcement as an opportunity to create positive change for residents across New York City.Harrison is the only Member of the Service who has risen from the rank of Cadet to Chief of Department."Rodney has been not only a trusted advisor, and friend, but exactly the kind of innovative leader our city and our department has needed in these challenging times," said Police Commissioner Dermot Shea in a statement last month....
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The City of Opa-locka held a swearing-in ceremony for their newly-appointed Police Chief Dennis M. Jackson II on Sunday, December 5. Chief Jackson accepted the oath of office and assumed his official duties during the ceremony held at New Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in Miami. READ MORE: Walter C. Young Middle Student, 12, Accused Of Bringing Knives To School“Jackson will be responsible for evolving the City of Opa-locka into 21st century policing and expanding successful public safety outreach programs. He will also provide an important and fresh perspective to the Police Department and the City’s executive team,” city officials said. READ MORE: Westminster Christian School Gets $10 Million Donation, Largest Gift In School's HistoryChief Jackson is a 28-year veteran member of the City of Miami Police Department. MORE NEWS: 'Miami Will Always Have A Special Place In My Heart': Alberto Carvalho Leaving Miami-Dade Schools To Become Next L.A. SuperintendentHe holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management from Bethune Cookman University and a Master of Arts Degree in Theological Studies from Trinity International University....
    LATHROP (CBS13) — The city of Lathrop is building a police department from scratch, and it has turned to TV advertising to recruit officers. Raymond Bechler is the new police chief. “It’s huge. The community is loud and clear in what they want for their police department. Tthey want local control,” Chief Bechler said when asked about how important a local police department is to the city. For ten years, the city has been working on building its own police force, all while contracted San Joaquin County sheriff’s deputies have been protecting and serving the streets. So what happens to the deputies when the department officially opens next July 1? “We’re hoping to get a couple of the deputies from San Joaquin County,” Chief Belcher said. “It’s nice to have especially folks that know the Lathrop area.” Chief Bechler said the community has been vocal about transparency, accountability and engagement. “Being responsive, definitely, on all levels, whether it’s a criminal matter, quality of life issue or just being down-home friendly and compassionate, whatever issue they are struggling through,” he...
    MURPHY, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – The City of Murphy has chosen veteran law enforcement officer Chris Chandler, 52, as its new police chief. Murphy Police Chief Chris Chandler (credit: City of Murphy) READ MORE: Woman Killed, 2 Children Injured In Stemmons Freeway CrashMost recently Assistant Chief of Police for the City of The Colony, Chief Chandler worked for the The Colony Police Department since May of 1996. He begins his Murphy assignment on Dec. 1, filling in the position left vacant by the recent retirement of former Murphy Police Chief Trey Cotten. Following the successful completion of the police academy, Chief Chandler began his law enforcement career in 1990 in Jacinto City, a community near his hometown of Houston, as a Patrol Officer for the Jacinto City Police Department. In 1993, he was promoted to Sergeant and remained with the Jacinto City Police Department until being offered the position of Lieutenant with The Colony. He accepted the promotion and completed his transfer to the North Texas community. In October of 1998, he was promoted to Captain, and in March 2012, he...
    Portland’s police chief reacted Monday to this past weekend’s record-breaking gun violence, again stressing the need for his department to recruit officers for its newly resurrected gun violence unit, which over the summer saw little interest from cops a year after the defund police movement.  Chuck Lovell, chief of the Portland Police Bureau, reacted after his officers responded to at least 19 shootings over the weekend, including one double homicide which pushed Portland past its three-decade record number of killings. By Monday, three of those shootings resulted in a suspect identified or taken into custody, The Oregonian reported, as the remaining 16 were still under investigation.  "The ongoing tragedy of gun violence is on my mind tonight after a terrible weekend of violence in our city. A double murder this weekend. Nineteen shootings in 54 hours. Stunning," Lovell tweeted Monday.  PORTLAND POLICE RESPOND TO 19 SHOOTINGS OVER THE WEEKEND, INCLUDING DOUBLE HOMICIDE: REPORT  "I know this violence causes trauma for our whole community, and our first responders are no different," the chief in Oregon’s largest city wrote. "I want to...
    MILPITAS — Jared Hernandez, serving as the acting police chief in Milpitas since the beginning of this year, has been appointed as the next permanent police chief. City Manager Steve McHarris made the appointment Wednesday, and Hernandez will officially take over as chief on Oct. 10, according to a statement from the city. Milpitas Police Chief Jared Hernandez (Courtesy city of Milpitas)  Hernandez, 44, has more than two decades of police experience with Milpitas, and has served as the acting chief since Dec. 31, 2020, following the retirement of the former chief, Armando Corpuz. Both Corpuz and Hernandez grew up in Milpitas. “Chief Hernandez is a well-regarded law enforcement veteran who is a committed community builder,” McHarris said in the statement. “He is a strong advocate of diversity, equity, and inclusion who places the needs of Milpitas residents first,” he said. “It is an honor to serve the diverse community of Milpitas. We share different points-of-view, opinions, and beliefs because we come from different backgrounds, but I firmly believe that Milpitas’ diversity is our strength,” Hernandez said in a statement...
    MESQUITE, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Twenty-seven-year veteran of the department and former Assistant Police Chief David Gill is Mequite’s new chief. Mesquite Police Chief David Gill (credit: Mesquite Police Dept.) “David Gill has proven himself as a great leader in the department and is highly respected by the officers and civilian staff. His experience with the department will be a tremendous benefit to the city as the department continues to meet the challenges of our growing community,” said City Manager Cliff Keheley. READ MORE: Drivers Curious Why The Camel Crossed The Road After Sighting In North Texas Chief Gill has served in all areas of the department both as a supervisor and as an officer. He has earned 34 department honors including three Life Saving Awards and two Certificates of Merit. READ MORE: Facebook Says It Will "Pause" Instagram Kids After Backlash Gill was hired as a police officer in January 1994. During his career, he has served 13 years in command level positions including leadership of the department’s Tactical Division and service as a Field Training Officer. He earned a...
    ORINDA — A lieutenant with the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office has been named Orinda police chief. Ryan Sullivan is taking over from Chief David Cook, who is retiring, City Manager David Biggs announced Monday. “I look forward to this exciting and challenging opportunity as the chief of police in Orinda,” Sullivan said in a statement. “I will seek to continue and enhance our effective policing, problem-solving, and community involvement, while working with the city council, city manager and the city’s department heads in providing excellent service and safety to the community.” While the appointment was announced Monday, Biggs said Sullivan started Sept. 2 with some of his duties since then overlapping with those of the departing chief. Sullivan began his career with the sheriff’s office in 2005 and when accepting the job in Orinda, he was a lieutenant responsible for internal affairs. He had previously been a sergeant in internal affairs, academy coordinator and a patrol supervisor. “I appreciate the sheriff’s office having forwarded very qualified candidates for my consideration, and I believe Chief Sullivan is a great fit...
    Police officers have made "numerous" arrests connected to looting in New Orleans as the city continues relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Ida, officials said Monday.  Police Chief Shaun Ferguson spoke briefly about reports of looting during a public safety update alongside city leaders and officials during a news conference. "We continue to make numerous looting arrests throughout the weekend and will continue to do so," he said, without disclosing how many arrests have been made.  The police department is working with the National Guard and other agencies to deter and respond to reports of looting as parts of the city are still without power and essential services.  The Karofsky shop suffers severe damage after Hurricane Ida pummeled New Orleans with strong winds in Louisiana. Authorities on Monday said "numerous" arrests were made over the weekend for looting.  (REUTERS/Devika Krishna Kumar) He also noted that residents and business owners have reported burglaries as they return to their homes and businesses. In the event the city's 8 p.m. curfew is lifted prior to power not being fully restored,...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Fort Lauderdale’s newly minted police chief has big plans for the city and the 700 member force he will lead. “Policing gives me purpose. A leader matters and it has always mattered to me,” said READ MORE: Doctors, Expecting Broward Mother Urge Pregnant Women To Get Vaccinated Larry Scirotto brings 23 years of policing experience from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. CBS4 sat down with him after his swearing-in. “Our officers would be better-suited focusing on community partnerships, getting out of the car, instead of responding to burglar alarms, which are 99 percent of the time false.” He says he is looking at the leadership structure of the department and will address the issue of excessive force. READ MORE: Judge To Rule On Mask Mandate Lawsuit Involving Gov. Ron DeSantis “Our objective is to do no harm, use a minimal amount of force to effect an arrest.” As for what happened 15 months ago at the end of a Black Lives Matter protest When Latoya Ratlief was shot with a rubber bullet, he said, “We...
    A police chief in New Hampshire quickly backtracked after a job recruitment listing on Facebook by his department offered 'qualified immunity' as one of the many 'unique' benefits of joining his Manchester force.  'The department offers many opportunities to advance and additional unique benefits including qualified immunity,' read Tuesday's recruitment post - which has since been deleted.  Allen Aldenberg, who did not write the listing, went on the social media platform hours later and took 'full responsibility' for the post. He called the mention of qualified immunity 'inappropriate.'    After publishing a job recruitment listing on Facebook Tuesday, Manchester chief of police Allen Aldenberg was forced to apologize after the department listed 'qualified immunity' as one of the many 'unique' benefits of joining the department (below) In a follow-up apology on Facebook that same day, Aldenberg said he took 'full responsibility' for the post, calling the mention of qualified immunity 'inappropriate.' But the damage had already been done. Advocates vying for police reform in New Hampshire immediately voiced their opinion online, demanding transparency and accountability from the department.   ...
    WALNUT CREEK (CBS SF/BCN) — Walnut Creek city officials announced Wednesday that they hired San Leandro Police Capt. Jamie Knox to be its new police chief. Knox will begin his duties July 26. He takes over for interim chief Dan Pratt, who’s been on the job since April. Walnut Creek’s last permanent chief, Tom Chaplin, retired in late 2020. READ MORE: Napa Naturopathic Doctor Accused Of Selling Fake COVID Pills, Providing Fake Immunization Cards Knox grew up in Roseville, where he started his law enforcement career as a police explorer, then as a dispatcher. Rocklin hired him to be an officer in 1996, where he moved up the ranks before moving on in 2015 to serve as a captain in Novato. He joined the San Leandro department in 2017, overseeing its service bureau and, most recently, its operations bureau. New Walnut Creek Police Chief Jamie Knox, who comes to the city from San Leandro (courtesy City of Walnut Creek) “I want to thank our City Manager, Dan Buckshi, for giving me this amazing opportunity,” Knox said, in a statement. “Walnut...
    Walnut Creek has reached across the Caldecott Tunnel to find the new leader of its police department. The city announced that Jamie Knox will take over as the new police chief on July 26. Knox, who most recently was a captain in the San Leandro Police Department, will take over for Tom Chaplin, who retired in October. Former San Ramon Police Chief Dan Pratt has been overseeing the department on an interim basis. Knox had been been with the San Leandro police force since 2017 after also being a captain from 2015-17 in Novato. He started his career in 1996 as an officer in Rocklin. “Walnut Creek has been on my radar for years as a great place to visit, and now I get to build partnerships with our community and enable our police team to provide the best possible public safety service,” Knox said in a statement released by city spokeswoman Betsy Burkhart. “I’m excited to meet the women and men of the Walnut Creek PD and to get to know our residents.” City Manager Dan Buckshi said Knox...
    SAN LEANDRO (CBS SF/BCN) — The San Leandro City Manager announced Tuesday that the city hired Seaside’s police chief to take over the police department. Abdul Prigden will become chief effective Sept. 13, a day after acting chief Susan Manheimer steps down, according to a news release issued Tuesday by San Leandro City Manager Fran Robustelli, who made the appointment. READ MORE: Suspect In Baseball Bat, Strangulation Murder Of East Palo Alto Woman Makes Initial Court Appearance Prigden has been chief at Seaside in Monterey County since 2018. He was a finalist for the top spot in Oakland, where LeRonne Armstrong was hired as police chief. San Leandro Police Chief Abdul Prigden (San Leandro Police Department) “Chief Pridgen is a well-respected law enforcement veteran, who is an advocate for diversity, inclusion, and a community builder,” Robustelli said. “Chief Pridgen will provide immediate attention to pressing needs, such as transparency, investment into personnel, and implementing police oversight for the department.” Prigden said he was honored to take on the new role. READ MORE: Trump Sues Facebook, Google, Twitter Over Claims Of...
    FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – The city of Fort Lauderdale has found its new police chief. The city manager said former Pittsburgh Assistant Chief Larry Scirotto is the sole finalist for the chief of the Fort Lauderdale Police Department. Scirotto is a 23-year veteran of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police. He’s expected to join the department mid-August.
    A newly approved city budget that will prevent an additional $18 million from being used by the police department stung the agency and leaves a city that already is battling an epidemic of violent crime in an even more vulnerable position, the department’s leader said Monday. In an impassioned plea at a press conference, a sometimes emotional Chief LeRonne Armstrong said there really is only one pertinent question following the approval of the two-year, $3.8 billion budget, which goes into effect Thursday. “On July 1?” Armstrong asked. “Is the city going to be safer than it is today?” The Oakland City Council voted 6-2 last week in approving the new budget, which actually increases the police department’s spending by $9 million from $665 million to about $674 million, according to a staff report. However, the police department’s share of the budget will now be 18% instead of 20%, and will not include Mayor Libby Schaaf’s proposal to increase the police budget by an additional $18 million. Council president Nikki Fortunato Bas swayed the majority of her council colleagues to amend...
    CHICAGO — Chicago’s police superintendent announced Friday that all facets of the department — from patrol officers to executive staff — will be more engaged with the community in an effort to build trust and drive down crime. The new Community Policing Strategy Plan also includes the creation of a police athletic and arts league to engage the city’s youth, a reimagining of the city’s previous policing strategy, and the appointment of officers to work as liaisons to the city’s LGBTQ, homeless, immigrant and and religious communities. "Arguably, this will be the most significant commitment of effort, resources and leadership to building trust in Chicago PD’s history," Police Superintendent David Brown told reporters. "This plan that we’re rolling out today is the best way to reduce crime in Chicago." "It’s the only way to police," Brown added. "Policing is best done with the community involved. Policing is a people business." CHICAGO COPS AND COMMUNITY PRAY FOR PEACEFUL, SAFE SUMMER Chicago Police hold a press conference regarding the shooting of a police officer in March. On Friday, Chicago Police Superintendent...
    Body camera footage has emerged from New Jersey State Senator Sandra Cunningham's March DWI arrest, which shows the veteran lawmaker failing a field sobriety test, complaining of feeling 'unsteady' and repeatedly asking to summon Jersey City's public safety chief.  Cunningham, a Democrat who has represented the 31st Legislative District, which includes Bayonne and Jersey City, since 2007, was pulled over by the police on the morning of March 4 after she crashed into two legally parked cars. Cunningham told officers she was about to make a turn near her home in Jersey City but hit a snowbank, according to a police incident report. Body camera video has been released from the March 4 DWI arrest of New Jersey State Senator Sandra Cunningham. In it, the Democrat fails a field sobriety test and complains of feeling 'unsteady' Cunningham, 70, was pulled over by the police after allegedly crashing her SUV into two parked cars not far from her Jersey City home  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Ghislaine Maxwell loses a FIFTH attempt to...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – The city of Sacramento has adopted new police use of force policies. The city council approved the updated guidance last night, which means officers can use deadly force only as a last resort. READ MORE: 3 People Accused Of Stealing Over $4,000 In Alcohol From Roseville-Area Stores The new policy was recommended by the city’s new community police review commission. Police Chief Daniel Hahn says training at the police academy will have to change. Sacramento Mayor Daryl Steinberg said that’s the goal. “There have been too many shootings. We’re also trying to protect the lives of officers as well,” he said back in May. READ MORE: Free Beer Is Latest White House-Backed Incentive To Get Americans Vaccinated “Anyone in their right mind, well, of course, the officer, should never use deadly force unless it’s necessary,” said Chief Hahn. Chief Hahn expressed concerns about the policy. He says the problem with it is what’s written before that “last resort” language. It also says an officer “shall use other tools before using deadly force,” which he says could put...
    The city of Alameda will announce that the city’s next top cop — taking over a department currently facing heavy scrutiny for the in-custody death of a man last month — will be Oakland Police Department Deputy Chief Nishant Joshi, who is well regarded both within the department and the community, two sources with knowledge of the decision said Monday afternoon. The city was expected to make an announcement as early as this week. In Alameda, the city manager has control over hiring the chief; the decision does not require City Council approval. A spokesperson for the city of Alameda declined to comment Monday afternoon. Alameda has searched for a permanent chief since last fall, when Chief Paul Rolleri retired and the city brought in Interim Chief Randy Fenn from Fairfield. Joshi would cross the Estuary after two decades on the Oakland police force. He joined the department in 2000, after serving two years as an Oakland park ranger officer. Joshi worked the streets as a narcotics officer, and by the late 2000s led OPD’s Gangs/Guns Investigations Task Force. In...
    New York City has seen a significant spike in reports of anti-Asian hate crimes during the first four months of this year compared to the same period last year, continuing the trend of a rise in reported attacks that was seen in 2020. But NYPD Asian Hate Crimes Task Force commander Tommy Ng says such attacks are "absolutely not new." More cases, however, are being reported due in part to social media and newer generations, he said. "This is absolutely not new, but what makes Asian Americans be more vocal these days is we have more second or third generation Asian Americans being born in the United States, that we are part of America," Inspector Ng told CBSN anchor Vladimir Duthiers. "We speak the language, we cultivate the American ways of life." He said authorities are "absolutely" seeing an increased level of crime reporting among Asian American communities, and that Asian Americans today are "more proactive" in documenting cases. Sixteen of the largest U.S. cities saw a 164% increase in anti-Asian hate crime reports to police in the first quarter of...
    Crime has been on the rise in New Orleans in recent weeks – but the city’s police chief has a plan to address the spike. Chief Shaun Ferguson said Wednesday that the force will deploy more officers to the city’s popular Bourbon Street entertainment area while maintaining patrols in other parts of the city. The chief addressed the situation at a news conference, FOX 8 of New Orleans reported. Homicides are up 27%, shootings 50%, violent crime 23% and armed robberies 15%, according to Ferguson, FOX 8 reported. NEW ORLEANS SHOOTING ON BOURBON STREET LEAVES AT LEAST 5 WOUNDED: REPORT  "There’s some serious stressors out there," Ferguson said, discussing the possible causes of the recent spike. "We really need to look at our mental state because we are seeing things rapidly evolve unnecessarily." Many incidents stem from domestic disputes and arguments involving people who already know each other, the chief said. Last Saturday, shootings along Bourbon Street left at least five people wounded, NOLA.com reported. On Sunday, a 61-year-old woman was punched in the face by a 23-year-old suspect, police...
    CRYSTAL SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) — A suburb of Jackson has a new man at the helm of the police department. DeJohn Hampton, the former police chief in Terry, is now leading the department in Crystal Springs. Crystal Springs Mayor Sally Garland says Hampton replaces Chris Palmer, who recently retired after nearly 27 years of service. Hampton officially took over the department Wednesday, WLBT-TV reported. He said his main focuses for the city are the drug problem, juveniles and wanting to build respect back within the community as it relates to the officers who serve it. “The community has lost a lot of trust and we want to gain that trust back,” Hampton said. Terry Mayor Joseph Kendrick said the city has not named a new chief of police or an interim chief yet. Kendrick said they are in the application process at the moment. Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Mississippi, Associated PressRelated ArticlesPoliticsBiden Meets With Asian American CommunityBest StatesStates Expand COVID-19 Vaccine AccessBest StatesTax Revenues Up 6.5%Best...
    By JAKE BLEIBERG, Associated Press DALLAS (AP) — A top Houston police commander will take over leadership of the city's police department following the current chief's abrupt announcement that he will be leaving for a job in Florida. Mayor Sylvester Turner said Thursday that Executive Assistant Chief Troy Finner will succeed police Chief Art Acevedo, who said this week he would be leaving America's fourth-largest city to become chief of the smaller Miami police department. Finner is set to take over the more than 3,500-officer force on April 5, according to a statement from the city. A Houston native and one of Acevedo’s top two assistants, Finner thanked the mayor for picking leadership from within the department and sounded a note of appreciation for his outgoing boss. But he also pleaded for unity during a news conference Thursday and compared the Texas city, which like others in the United States has seen rising violent crime over the past year, to a leaky boat struggling to find shore. “If somebody starts getting off course and throwing stones and what not, do...
    HOUSTON (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — A top Houston police commander will take over leadership of the city’s police department following the current chief’s abrupt announcement that he will be leaving for a job in Florida. Mayor Sylvester Turner said Thursday that Executive Assistant Chief Troy Finner will succeed police Chief Art Acevedo, who said this week he would be leaving America’s fourth-largest city to become chief of the smaller Miami police department. READ MORE: 5 Reasons Why You May Not Have Received 3rd Stimulus Payment Finner is set to take over the more than 5,200-officer force on April 5, according to a statement from the city. In a series of tweets, Turner talked about what kind of person he was looking for in leading the department. My goal was to find someone who was fully capable of leading this department from day 1 who knows this city its neighborhoods and its people. Someone who would work every day to gain and maintain the trust of our diverse communities and people, and focus on the priorities of HPD,” Turner said. “And someone who...
    DALLAS (AP) — A top Houston police commander will take over leadership of the city’s police department following the current chief’s abrupt announcement that he will be leaving for a job in Florida. Mayor Sylvester Turner said Thursday that Executive Assistant Chief Troy Finner will succeed police Chief Art Acevedo, who said this week he would be leaving America’s fourth-largest city to become chief of the smaller Miami police department. Finner is set to take over the more than 3,500-officer force on April 5, according to a statement from the city. A Houston native and one of Acevedo’s top two assistants, Finner thanked the mayor for picking leadership from within the department and sounded a note of appreciation for his outgoing boss. But he also pleaded for unity during a news conference Thursday and compared the Texas city, which like others in the United States has seen rising violent crime over the past year, to a leaky boat struggling to find shore. “If somebody starts getting off course and throwing stones and what not, do you think...
    SAN JOSR (CBS SF) — San Jose’s newest top cop addressed multiple controversies swirling around his selection, including a deadly officer-involved shooting early in his career and allegation of bias against the LGBTQ and Muslim communities. “I was involved in an incident 22 years ago resulting in the death of a man. It was a tragic incident that changed my life. It’s something that I don’t want any officer to go through,” Chief Anthony Mata told reporters at a press conference announcing his selection as the next chief for the department. READ MORE: California Officials Make Appeal To Newsom For Asian Attorney General In 1999, Mata shot and killed an African-American robbery suspect in Salinas. Mata says he thought the suspect was armed but what he believed to be a weapon turned out to be a pair of sunglasses instead. Critics say the shooting should have made the city think twice about hiring him. “No one disputes the fact. No one disputes that fact that he killed an unarmed black man. And that’s disqualifying for the Chief of Police for...
    SAN JOSE — The new chief of the San Jose Police Department looked to close the book on an acrimonious selection process marked by late-breaking bias allegations, with city and community leaders literally standing behind him as they voiced support for his appointment. Anthony Mata held his first news conference Wednesday as the incoming chief — he officially starts Monday — a day after his unanimous confirmation by the City Council, timed in part to address a week’s worth of media coverage that surfaced, or re-surfaced, controversies from his 25-year career with SJPD. Those were headlined by an accusation reported Monday involving a retired transgender officer who alleged Mata refused to support her transition two decades ago. His status as a chief candidate finalist also re-shone a spotlight on an explosive Islamophobia lawsuit filed against the department three years ago and his role in the 1999 fatal shooting of an unarmed man. The news conference was imbued with imagery seemingly aimed to project unity both within city leadership and the police department. Standing behind Mata were Mayor Sam Liccardo, Vice...
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- The San Jose City Council announced Tuesday afternoon that it has selected Anthony Mata as the new chief of police.According to the city, Mata brings 30 years of law enforcement experience to his role, which he will officially begin on March 22.Mata began his career with the San Jose Police Department in March 1996 as a police officer. He rose through the ranks of SJPD, recently serving as an executive officer and deputy chief for over four years."It is the greatest honor of my professional career to lead this great department at this time of needed social and organizational change. I humbly but enthusiastically approach the challenge of guiding and supporting our dedicated workforce while also advocating for our community as we re-imagine community safety together," expressed Chief Mata.Councilmember Magdalena Carrasco remembers Mata as her first Captain when she started representing District 5. She believes he's the right person for the job and deserves the community's support."We know the same families, we interact in the same schools, we live within the same vicinity. He's not...
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- The San Jose City Council announced Tuesday afternoon that it has selected Anthony Mata as the new chief of police.According to the city, Mata brings 30 years of law enforcement experience to his role, which he will officially begin on March 22.Mata began his career with the San Jose Police Department in March 1996 as a police officer. He rose through the ranks of SJPD, recently serving as an executive officer and deputy chief for over four years."It is the greatest honor of my professional career to lead this great department at this time of needed social and organizational change. I humbly but enthusiastically approach the challenge of guiding and supporting our dedicated workforce while also advocating for our community as we re-imagine community safety together," expressed Chief Mata.Councilmember Magdalena Carrasco remembers Mata as her first Captain when she started representing District 5. She believes he's the right person for the job and deserves the community's support."We know the same families, we interact in the same schools, we live within the same vicinity. He's not...
    SAN JOSE (BCN) – San Jose Deputy Police Chief Anthony Mata has been selected as the city’s next top cop after a nationwide search, city officials said Tuesday. Mata, who was confirmed as chief by the San Jose City Council on Tuesday, was one of four finalists for the position following former Chief Eddie Garcia’s announcement last summer that he was retiring. Garcia has since become Dallas’ police chief. READ MORE: 16-Year-Old Girl Arrested In Attempted Carjacking Of Elderly Woman Broken Up By Good Samaritan Mata joined the San Jose Police Department as an officer in 1996 and rose through the ranks, serving as a deputy chief for more than four years before Tuesday’s announcement. He will begin as chief starting next Monday, city officials said. Anthony Mata, selected as Chief of Police in San Jose on March 16, 2021. (City of San Jose) “Chief Mata’s extensive experience, genuine passion for public service, and his dedication to SJPD will serve him and our city well in his new leadership role,” Mayor Sam Liccardo said in a statement. READ MORE: Hayward...
    By MICHAEL R. SISAK, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City police commander who kneeled with protesters outraged by the death of George Floyd, but was also an architect of the department's forceful response to the demonstrations, said Thursday that he is retiring after nearly four decades on the force. Chief of Department Terence Monahan, the NYPD’s highest-ranking uniformed leader, will become a senior adviser to Mayor Bill de Blasio, aiding in the city’s coronavirus recovery, the mayor said at a news conference announcing the move. Between the pandemic and the protests, Monahan said, “this was the toughest year that I've ever spent in law enforcement.” Rodney Harrison, the chief of the NYPD's detectives squad, is replacing Monahan as chief of department. He is the third Black person to hold the position. The department has not said who will succeed him as chief of detectives. Police Commissioner Dermot Shea, noting Harrison's varied experience over a three-decade NYPD career, said he was "an easy choice” for the job, which involves running the department’s day-to-day operations. Thursday's announcement is...
    NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City police commander who kneeled with protesters outraged by the death of George Floyd, but was also an architect of the department’s forceful response to the demonstrations, said Thursday that he is retiring after nearly four decades on the force. Chief of Department Terence Monahan, the NYPD’s highest-ranking uniformed leader, will become a senior adviser to Mayor Bill de Blasio, aiding in the city’s coronavirus recovery, the mayor said at a news conference announcing the move. Between the pandemic and the protests, Monahan said, “this was the toughest year that I’ve ever spent in law enforcement.” Rodney Harrison, the chief of the NYPD’s detectives squad, is replacing Monahan as chief of department. He is the third Black person to hold the position. The department has not said who will succeed him as chief of detectives. Police Commissioner Dermot Shea, noting Harrison’s varied experience over a three-decade NYPD career, said he was “an easy choice” for the job, which involves running the department’s day-to-day operations. Thursday’s announcement is the latest in a series...
    SAN JOSE (BCN) – San Jose has narrowed the pool of candidates to become the city’s next top cop to four finalists, including three currently with the department, City Manager David Sykes wrote in a letter to the City Council and Mayor Sam Liccardo on Monday. San Jose Interim Chief David Tindall, Deputy Chiefs Anthony Mata and Heather Randol, and retired Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Assistant Police Chief Larry Scirotto are the four finalists. READ MORE: NASA Unveils Never-Before-Seen Video from Mars Rover Landing The finalists were chosen following community panel interviews held last week with seven potential candidates and a forum held with them earlier in the month. READ MORE: COVID Reopening: Santa Clara County To Allow For More Outdoor Activities, Youth Sports Sykes wrote in his letter to the council and mayor that the final four will each be interviewed by members of his staff, and he will then make the final decision on who to forward for confirmation by the City Council by a planned time of mid- to late-March. San Jose’s police chief position is open following former...
    David Spiller, new San Rafael police chief. (Provided by David Spiller)  San Rafael has hired a Bay Area police veteran to lead the city’s police department. David Spiller, who retired in 2019 as Pleasanton’s police chief and was hired in July as the interim police chief for Menlo Park, will start in San Rafael on March 16, according to an announcement. “Every community is unique and Chief Spiller is just the person to work closely with our residents to continue to ensure that our police department reflects our community values,” Mayor Kate Colin said. Spiller’s starting annual salary is $193,824. Spiller, 53, was hired after a nationwide search that began when former police chief Diana Bishop announced her retirement after nine years in the job. The city promoted Capt. David Starnes to interim chief in January. Starnes is scheduled to retire on March 31. Spiller, who grew up in Cupertino, began his 30-year law enforcement career as a patrol officer for the San Diego Police Department. He later worked for Mountain View’s police department for 11 years and ended his...
    OAKLAND — “Today is a new day,” new Oakland police Chief LeRonne Armstrong declared Tuesday about his commitment to making sure his police department toes the line in following a court decree and always properly conducting itself. “We’re going to be focused on compliance, which essentially for me just means following your policies,” he said in an interview. “These are clear, black-and-white policies that officers have failed to follow,” Armstrong added. He was referring to a settlement agreement that has kept the department under the watch of a federal court-ordered monitor for almost two decades since the Oakland Riders police misconduct scandal brought it notoriety and scrutiny. “I’m not tolerating that level of misconduct that we’ve seen in the past,” he said. Armstrong, an Oakland native and 22-year veteran of the city’s police department, officially took over as its top cop this week — following in the footsteps of a dozen police chiefs and interim chiefs the city has seen since the Riders case. During his 13-minute interview with this news organization — he spent much of the morning meeting...
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